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  • Garland's Fresh Seafood celebrates milestone anniversary

    VARNAMTOWN — Jackie and Nicky Varnam are well versed in this bit of family lore:

    On Oct. 1, 1954, Nicky’s dad, Wesley Garland Varnam, opened his new shrimp and seafood depot on the docks of the Lockwoods Folly River in historic Varnamtown.

    Two weeks later, on Oct. 15, Hurricane Hazel aimed a direct hit on the coastal Carolinas, wiping out the fledgling seafood business and everything in it, as well as most things outside it up and down the coast.

  • Grand jury hands down indictments in sex crimes

     A Brunswick County grand jury returned true bills of indictments against several people accused of sex crimes during a Sept. 8 session in Superior Court.

    A prosecutor is required to present the case to a grand jury that decides whether there is enough evidence to charge the accused with a crime. An indictment is a formal accusation of a crime.

    The following were indicted for alleged sex-related crimes:

  • Southport project continues, completion expected soon

     SUPPLY — Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees expect the completion of the long-awaited Southport campus renovation in the coming months.

    Vice chairman Bobby Long announced at their Thursday, Sept. 18, meeting that the project is back on track for completion.

    A contract was signed July 28, the same day the notice to proceed was issued, and projected constructed time is three months to completion. Work is under way in all phases of the project.

  • Bank robber remains at large

     SHALLOTTE — Investigators are searching for the man who robbed a Shallotte bank Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    Shallotte police received the report of the robbery at First Community Bank, 4949 Main St., at 2:18 p.m., Chief Rodney Gause said.

    Nobody was injured during the robbery, Gause added. There were no customers inside the bank at the time of the robbery. Three employees were inside the building during the incident.

  • Community partners enhance Southport Elementary garden

     SOUTHPORT — While students have traditionally learned lessons in science in the classroom, students at Southport Elementary can now learn in their very own science habitat.

    At a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 19, Southport Elementary School Principal Randy Horne welcomed representatives from Brunswick Nuclear Plant and Lowe’s Home Improvement to the school to unveil the latest additions to the center as well as a new sign to greet students and other visitors on the fence in front of the science habitat.

  • Three face multiple drug charges

     Agents arrested three people on various drug charges Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a brief investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

    John Eric Williams, 28, of Laurinburg was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, selling and delivering a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website. He is incarcerated on $125,000 bail.

  • Town Creek launches WATCH D.O.G.S.

     TOWN CREEK — Town Creek Elementary School’s mascot is the Gators, but on Thursday, Sept. 28, it was all about dogs.

    As in, WATCH D.O.G.S., a nationally recognized program that was implemented in its first Brunswick County school last week.

    Town Creek Elementary School Principal Walker Constantinesco and parent facilitator Amber Lanier hosted more than 100 fathers, father figures and students into the school’s cafeteria to launch the WATCH D.O.G.S. program into one of Brunswick County’s newest schools.

  • Missing woman sought

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are asking for the community's assistance locating Sandra Maske Benson. She was seen at her residence on Holden Beach Road in Supply at around 9:50 Tuesday morning, Sept. 23.

    Benson is a white female, 56 years of age. She is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 102 pounds. She has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

    Benson is driving a white 2011 Nissan Frontier King Cab pickup truck with North Carolina tag AHP-7491.

  • Shallotte man pleads guilty to 2013 murder of infant son

     A Shallotte man pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 21, to second-degree murder in the 2013 death of his infant son.

    Randy Lee Richardson, 20, also pleaded guilty before Judge Gale Adams to felony child abuse in the death of his 4-month-old son, Colton, on May 29, 2013, according to a news release from District Attorney Jon David.

  • County approves additional $92,000 to hire contractor for Waccamaw Park renovation

    Brunswick County commissioners agreed to increase costs and cut back on some amenities to start the renovations of Waccamaw Park.

    At the Sept. 15 county meeting, the board approved awarding the Waccamaw Park construction bid to L.M. McLamb Construction of Calabash.

    Jim Pryor, Director of Parks & Recreation told the board it took two rounds of the formal bid process to select a contractor.

    The first bid opening was to be held on July 1, but only two bids were received.